Culture

We embrace cutting-edge ideals and new perspectives as much as time-honored architectural experiences. That juxtaposition feeds an inquisitive culture and constant exchange of ideas that keeps our work fresh! It cultivates a vibrant environment of mentorship and growth.  A genuine sense of camaraderie and teamwork generates energy and an openness that spills over into our off-hours.

Spontaneous jam sessions and death-match ping-pong coincide with company events, community projects, and ongoing professional development. We’ve created a special balance here—through our work, and down our hallways—it’s clear we love what we do.

Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architectural firm enjoying bowling
They say those who play well together work well together. FPBA recently celebrated Spirit Week, encouraging themed attire and incorporating Olympic Games. With themes like Twin Day, the week offered all a chance to be inventive and break out of their shells.

We kicked off the week with a captivating game of Giant Jenga that resulted in some cheering and others shedding tears. Rubber band archery proved harder than anticipated…The highlight of the week was a relay obstacle course involving a pumpkin roll, spider web crawl, mummy race, ring toss, pumpkin maze and donut eating contest. Ultimately, Spirit Week was a whirlwind of excitement that prompted us to work together in new ways.

FPBA and C.W. Driver headed to the site of the El Cajon Animal Shelter for a construction tour on Nov. 4, 2017. Our staff enjoyed seeing the spectacular progress taking place and supporting those who have worked so hard on this project! It was a great way to spend some time together outside the office. The shelter is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.
El Cajon Animal Shelter Construction Tour
Several of FPBA’s daredevils took to the rocks in October 2017, showing off their agility and ability to work together. At Vertical Hold, FPBAers received a quick belay lesson and then got to work on the walls, ringing victory bells after reaching the top. Some even braved the inclined walls (looking at you, Jim). It was inspiring to see these adventurers come together as a team, and have fun doing it!
FPBA Rock Climbing Outing
Ah, summer days. FPBA threw its annual summer bash in August 2017 at the recently renovated Pape family residence. With catered cuisine from Phil’s BBQ, sweet sangria and fantasy face painting, this party was filled with fun and laughter. Some brave souls made a big splash by leaping from the second floor balcony into the pool. What a blast!
FPBA 2017 Summer Bash
At FPBA, we believe collaboration is the ultimate path to stimulating passion and cultivating knowledge. That’s why we initiated lunchtime collaboratives of various themes, where all can join to discuss and further their understanding of a particular topic. From latest design trends to sustainable practices to public speaking, these gatherings allow FPBA employees to learn from each other, improve their skill sets and have fun!
FPBA Collaboratives